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Devastated community appeals for help after temple arson

PUBLISHED: 21:16 27 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:14 05 October 2010

Fire investigators (top) talk to women who had escaped moments before roof ignited (above)

Fire investigators (top) talk to women who had escaped moments before roof ignited (above)

DEVASTATED members of East London’s Sikh community have made a fresh appeal today for information two weeks after their temple went up in flames in a suspected arson. Police launched an investigation after an intruder was spotted inside the sangat moments before the blaze at Harley Grove in Bow

By Gemma Collins

DEVASTATED members of East London’s Sikh community have made a fresh appeal today (Friday) for information nearly two weeks after their temple went up in flames in a suspected arson attack.

Police launched a criminal investigation after an intruder was spotted inside the Gudwara Sikh Sangat moments before the blaze tore through the building at Harley Grove in Bow.

Senior officers returned this afternoon to launch a joint appeal with the temple’s elders for witnesses who may have been in the area about 2pm on March 16 to come forward.

HORRIFIC ATTACK

Temple committee member Birbahadur Singh Bance said: “It has been a horrific attack that has sent shock waves among the Sikh community worldwide.

“You can imagine how shocked we were about what we believe was an arson attack.

“We urge anyone with any information to come forward and help police investigations.”

The temple committee said it may offer a reward, which would be announced on the temple website “in due course.”

Witnesses Harley Grove or anyone with information, meanwhile, are being urged to contact Limehouse CID on 020-7275 4750, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.


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